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Movie House sponsored event raises £106,000 for Marie Curie

Movie House sponsored event raises £106,000 for Marie Curie

Posted Wednesday 05 June 2019

The Belfast Brain Game, a fundraising event supported by Movie House, has raised £106,000 in support of terminal illness charity Marie Curie.

This is the third year of the Belfast Brain Game, which was held in the Europa Hotel and hosted by Tim McGarry, with special guests Michael Deane and Jonny Petrie also attending.

Wendy Crawley, from Bangor, also spoke at the black-tie quiz to share her story and ‘highlight the importance of the care provided by Marie Curie’. Wendy said:

‘It was 2017 and life was great. We had attended the wedding of my daughter Angela and her lovely partner Tom the year before and she was expecting her first baby. I’ll never forget when we got the devastating news – we had all been in Italy for a family holiday and Angela and Tom flew back before us, that’s when we got the call – Angela had two seizures and was in hospital.

‘After numerous tests, Angela was diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour and was told she would have from six months to two years to live. My girl was so brave, we were so proud of her. She chose to have two operations on one day – a caesarean to deliver her 30-week-old baby, followed by major surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible. Angela had a beautiful baby girl, Ella, and ten days later, she was well enough to hold her for the first time.

‘In May 2018 her symptoms changed – she started to lose her balance and would fall. Eventually it was discovered a new tumour had developed in the right side of her brain. We were all completely shocked, another devastating blow. After that, arrangements were put in place and Angela was moved to the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast.

‘We now realised that Angela would not be coming home, but from the point she entered the hospice she was given the tender, loving, expert care she needed. Importantly, Tom was able to stay with her, as was Ella. They could be a family. Her one fear was that she would wake up alone, and thanks to the hospice, that never happened. Marie Curie became our second home.

‘On 28 June 2018, ten days after her 39th birthday, our beautiful daughter, left us too soon. This is our heart-breaking story, but we are not the only family who has travelled this road. This is one story, but it highlights the importance of the care provided by Marie Curie.’

Eamon O’Kane, Marie Curie Divisional General Manager said:

‘We would like to thank Wendy for sharing her story tonight. This evenings event has been a great success, raising a fantastic amount which will help us to provide expert care and support to families, like Wendy’s, across Northern Ireland.”

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